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Fox Launching Mentoring Program for Women Directors

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/21st-century-fox-launches-mentoring-program-for-female-directors-1201256061/

 

21st Century Fox Launches Mentoring Program for Female Directors

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21st Century Fox aims to finally increase the presence of women behind the camera through a new mentoring program.

The media giant and Fox Audience Strategy launches the Fox Global Directors Initiative this week, which it promises will help add a female perspective and diverse voices across film, broadcast, cable and digital programming.

“To connect with viewers today, we need stories that represent the amazing range of experiences and voices in the real world. Along with writers, the vision of directors is key as they obviously bring those stories to life through their own lens,” said Joe Earley, Fox Broadcasting Co. chief operating officer.

Despite a few high-profile exceptions such as “Zero Dark Thirty’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Girls’” Lena Dunham , Kasi Lemmons, and “Top of the Lake’s” Jane Campion, female auteurs are few and far between.

Women comprised 6% of all directors working on the top 250 films of 2013, a decrease of 3 percentage points from 2012, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

The picture is slightly brighter on television, cable and Netflix, where women comprise 23 percent of creators, the center reports, but still only 12-14% of directors by the DGA’s count.

Last year, the Sundance Institute published a report which claimed that, between 2002 and 2012, just 4.4% of the 100 top-grossing US films were directed by women, with a remarkable 41.5% of these coming through programs organized by the institute itself.

The report also found that female film-makers are more likely than male directors to employ other women on their productions. Separate studies have stated that female directors are also more likely to feature female characters on screen, and the subject matter for their films is likely to be less violent and feature fewer guns and less blood and gore.

Twenty participants will be selected to join a five-week directors lab. At the end of the lab, five finalists will be selected to receive additional instruction lasting roughly 10 months, culminating in production support and funding for a Fox-branded short.

The program is spearheaded by Nicole Bernard, exec VP of Fox Audience Strategy, a unit that spans the studio’s film and TV divisions.

Nicole Bernard FOX diversity

“The cross-divisional enthusiasm to launch this initiative speak to our commitment to drive industry change and we hope that stellar creative arts organizations across the globe will be equally excited to join us,” Bernard said.

The initiative will enlist creative talent across its entertainment holdings as mentors/instructors — a group that includes Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX, Fox Broadcasting Company and Twentieth Century Fox Film. Fox has a similar program in place for developing writing talent.

An interesting group of nominating orgabizations is listed with further program details below.

There is an August 29, 2014 DEADLINE for the submission period.

Variety and Indiewire.com/Womenandhollywood also reported on this story and will undoubtedly continue to follow this story as well with excellent coverage.

and visit:

http://www.foxaudiencestrategy.com/directors/

for more details.

 Some details given include:

Creating Conversations | Engaging Communities | Building Audiences

FOX Audience Strategy is a cross-divisional department that services the 21st Century Fox entertainment businesses to authentically engage and promote diverse voices at Fox and to transform the representation and portrayal of diverse communities within the media and entertainment industries.  FOX Audience Strategy works across the Fox entertainment businesses and has developed robust partnerships with the divisions that lead the Fox television, film and digital properties.

Fox Global Directors Initiative

The Fox Global Directors Initiative (FDI) is a creative business resource to augment the efforts of the Fox entertainment businesses to deepen their talent pipeline and better engage global director talent. FDI has been developed to engender a director pool to amplify the features, television, and new media businesses at Fox. FDI’s Fox Directors Lab (the “Directors Lab”) will be held at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, CA in Fall 2014.

The multi-year initiative will leverage the expertise and commitment of the Company’s leadership and creative talent across its entertainment businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox International Channels, and many of its international entertainment businesses, to select and mentor fellows from a vast and diverse pool of talent.

The Fox Global Directors Initiative (FDI) is a creative business resource to augment the efforts of the Fox entertainment businesses to deepen their talent pipeline and better engage global director talent. FDI has been developed to engender a director pool to amplify the features, television, and new media businesses at Fox. FDI’s Fox Directors Lab (the “Directors Lab”) will be held at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, CA in Fall 2014.

The multi-year initiative will leverage the expertise and commitment of the Company’s leadership and creative talent across its entertainment businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox International Channels, and many of its international entertainment businesses, to select and mentor fellows from a vast and diverse pool of talent.

20 participants selected by Fox global entertainment businesses will be invited to attend the Directors Lab. During the Directors Lab, the participants will attend interactive lab sessions with established showrunners, directors and creative executives to discuss case studies of their films and/or television series, gain an insider view of their career trajectories and analyze their respective creative processes.

Out of the 20 Directors Lab participants, 5 FDI Fellows will be selected. Each FDI Fellow will receive:

  • A business and production mentor within the Fox organization.
  • A fellowship stipend while advancing through the initiative as a FDI Fellow on a Fox Production.
  • A grant from Fox to develop and direct a three (3) to five (5) minute short. The shorts created will be screened for Fox entertainment executives and may be screened at well-known festivals.
  • The opportunity to be considered for a deal with a Fox entertainment business, such as the purchase of the FDI Fellow’s short and/or a Director Hold deal.

FDI is for directors who have a strong command of their craft and who are deeply committed to pursuing that craft as a profession. The goal of FDI is distinctive in equal parts to create an optimal resource for both experienced directors with unique perspectives that will be reflective of our broad and diverse audiences and the cross-divisional Fox creative executives who endeavor to continue to develop and distribute quality entertainment.

FDI is open solely to referred directors, as described below, with professional directing experience in film and/or television, or new media.

FDI is by nomination only. Nominations can be made by agencies, management companies and a select number of organizations identified by FOX which have a history of fostering strong emerging and developed talent from diverse backgrounds. Each such nominating organization has been invited to submit up to ten (10) directors affiliated with their organization, or respective agency/management company, who are representative of the criteria required by FDI and who they believe will most benefit from participation in the initiative. All nominees will be contacted by FDI and provided with a secure login and password to receive submission details and to apply to the initiative.

In considering candidates for FDI, Fox Audience Strategy will evaluate candidates based on the collective following:

  • A narrative directing sample (full-length features, shorts, or webisodes only).
  • Submission of the electronic application.
  • Strength of overall application and personal essay (as described above).
  • A Fox Submission Release and Letter Agreement, which must be signed and notarized for the submitted full-length features, shorts or webisodes.

In addition to all requirements for the top 20 candidates, the top 5 fellows will also be judged on the strength of the recorded interview which will be distributed to the FDI Steering Committee. The FDI Steering Committee is comprised of Fox entertainment executives from participating businesses such as Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox International Channels, and many of its international entertainment businesses.

FDI participants need to be available for:

  • 4-6 weeks to participate in the Directors Lab at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, CA in Fall 2014 (exact dates TBD). The Directors Lab curriculum is designed with working participants in mind with most meetings scheduled on weekday evenings;
  • A minimum of 2 weeks for the on-set production experience (FDI Fellows only)

There are no fees or tuition costs associated with participation in FDI.

This is an unpaid program; however, the 5 FDI Fellows will be provided with a stipend during their participation in FDI. Please note all travel and housing are the responsibility of the participant.

FDI is by nomination only. Fox has identified a select number of organizations which have a history of fostering strong emerging and developed talent from diverse backgrounds. These organizations, as well as agencies and management companies, have been invited to nominate up to ten (10) directors affiliated with their organization, or respective agency/management company, who are representative of the criteria required by FDI and who they believe will most benefit from participation in the initiative. All nominees will be contacted by FDI and provided with a secure login and password to receive submission details and to apply to the initiative.

The nominating organizations* include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
  • East West Players
  • Film Independent
  • Fox | HBCU Media Alliance
  • HOLA Film Festival
  • LA Skins Fest
  • Media Access Awards
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
  • Latino Donor Collaborative
  • National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
  • New Directors / New Films MoMA
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Outfest
  • Visual Communications
  • Women and Hollywood
  • Women In Film Los Angeles

*Additional organizations may be added so please check back for periodic updates.

If you are a director who is affiliated with at least one (1) of these organizations, or represented by an agency or management company, and would like to be nominated for FDI, please contact the respective organization, or your representation, directly. Unsolicited applications to FDI will not be considered.

Submissions accepted through August 29, 2014

 

All terms and conditions of FDI are subject to change. Fox reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. 

 

 

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